Firefighters die from preventable diseases. Fire Departments must implement a comprehensive testing process to ensure your employees stay healthy and a program designed to return the firefighter back to work if there is the discovery of a possible disabling medical condition.
Traditional firefighter conditioning has revolved around cardiovascular training such as jogging or treadmill work. But the real world dictates that firefighters must have cardiovascular function with nearly 50 pounds of gear on their bodies.
WTNH looked at the case of former Waterbury (CT) firefighter Dan Huften, who retired after a back injury and was subsequently diagnosed with Stage 3 Colo-rectal cancer. Huften reflected on the possible role that dirty hoods, part of the firefighters’ personal protective ensemble, might have played.